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Marks of a Healthy Church

. . . I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. —Matthew 16:18

This is the second part of a two-part sermon on the Marks of a Healthy Church. It adapts material from, among other sources, Mark Dever’s book, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.

Due to technical difficulties, the audio of the first part is not available. However, the the material is reviewed at the beginning of this message. Additionally, the PowerPoint slides for the first sermon are available in PDF format.

What Defines a Healthy Church?

  1. Commitment to the Absolute Authority of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:14-4:1)
  2. Sound Doctrine / A Biblical Theology (1 Timothy 6:3-4; Titus 2:1)
  3. The Gospel: Believe, Teach, and Live Out (Romans 1:16)
  4. Conversion: God must act and people must act (John 3:1-14)
  5. Evangelism (2 Corinthians 5:11)
  6. Membership: function as a body (Hebrews 10:23-25)
  7. Discipline must be practiced (1 Corinthians 5:12-13)
  8. Discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20)
  9. Leadership: plurality of Godly shepherds (Titus 1:5)
  10. Commitment to Worship (Luke 4:8)

In the sermon, Tim elaborates on each of these 10 characteristics of a healthy church. He digs into God’s word to illuminate each element and explains how each one should manifest in a local body of believers.

As a relatively new church — not quite one year old at the time this message was preached — we at Trinity Bible Church are very concerned about this. It is our deep desire to be a healthy church that honors and glorifies the triune God, cares for one another, and shines the light of our Lord Jesus Christ to a lost world.